Re: Testing...apples (rotten?)
Donald R Izard (dizard@ACSU.BUFFALO.EDU)
Fri, 23 Aug 1996 14:02:59 -0400
I must strongly agree with stan .. . .
> so I just in your parlance my opinion is that knots,
> evironmental issues, and first aid skills are ones that have a "directing
> bearing" on his becoming an Eagle... the PhD of scouting.....
WE must do some testing/evaluation/review . . .whatever you want to
call it to make sure our FIRST class scouts, are really first class.
I have been on recent OA ordeal weekends with scouts who could not
find there way to a toilet in the dark! Scouts that did not know
what to do for a blister they got while doing OA service work for
the camp etc.
The whole advancement process is set up with "checks" and balances.
If one area happens to be weak or posibly skipped or circumvented
buy a parent, the next level review should catch the failures, and
set up remedial work. The best remdial work? HAVE THE SCOUT teach
the skill that he was found weak in!!! He will have to study up
and pratice before he can demonstrate the skill to the troop.
Some wise guy once said, where there is a will, there is a way.
If you can't re-test, or re-train, there are still ways to make sure
that every scout in your unit knows the basic skills. Partoll
based skill rellays also come to mind. Make them think that they
are having fun, while practicing basic skills. And first aid
skills in particular NEED to be practiced! CPR needs to be
recertified etc. If you don't USE it, you loose it.
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